Caves, Keys and Automobiles
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June 13th, 2009 – by: pwatts2
I love visiting caves, the stalactites and stalagmites, thinking of the thousands of years for the formations to, well, form, and wondering what it would have been like to find them with just a torch. Mallorca has loads of cave systems and some have been (very lucratively) developed for tourists, and I remember visiting the Caves of Drach as a child.
Whilst in Mallorca in June I heard about the Coves de Campanet (Caves of Campanet), a small, family run attraction which has the only white lit caves on the island.
Anyway, I am a photographer panoramic photographer, and really wanted to take a 360 panorama of the Romantic Chamber, the grandest chamber in the system. Being given (rare) permission to do so the next day, I happily spent about 30 minutes in the Romantic Chamber with just me, forck formations and 30 second exposures for company. I say 'rare' permission as normally photography is strictly prohibited inside.
So that was the Cave and now for the Keys.
In those situations, it always takes time for feelings to return, stop kicking oneself and start thinking what can be done. The staff at the caves were great in helping me to contact the car hire company. Who insisted that I had to make it from 40 miles away to Palma Airport to get a spare key. The fact that we had no money etc. etc. fell on deaf ears. It seemed quite hopeless.
And then it happened. One of the workers at the caves simply handed over her own car keys.
Having done that, with profuse thanks, we returned to Alaro, where we were staying, and jumped in the village swimming pool. So, if ever you wish to visit some caves on Mallorca, remember to go to the Caves of Campanet (Coves de Campanet), where you will be met with not only beautiful rock formations, but enthusiast and helpful staff. Much better than the emormous coach-load filled experiences at other places.
Oh yes, and Mallorca has some fine beaches too!
Spaghetti Stalactite - from what I remember, stalactite formation starts with a single drop. The minerals crystallize around the outside of the drop leaving the center hollow. The next drop continues the process forming thin, hollow tubes that hang down like spaghetti. These are easily broken and fall off, so to have one grow to several feet long, as at Campanet, is very, very rare indeed.
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